Constitutional Literacy Workbook

Constitutional Literacy Workbook

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Item #: 059396
ISBN: 9781940110295
Grades: 9-12

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In the United States, loyalty is not a matter of allegiance to a ruler, a flag, or even to our homeland. Loyalty is measured by faithfulness to the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution was formed by the Founding Fathers by the authority of the people, and it was expected that "We the People would be vigilant to vote out of office those leaders who fail in their sworn duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Yet for years, Americans have remained silent as the federal government takes more and more power for itself while encroaching on the freedoms of citizens.

In this important high-school-level course, Dr. Michael Farris, founder and chancellor of Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, brings the U.S. Constitution to life for modern Americans by examining these questions: What does the Constitution actually say? What does it mean? What were the Founders' intentions for this document? And how is it being interpreted to shape our laws and way of life today? This may be the most important course your student (and future voter) takes this year.

This high-quality spiral-bound workbook is the companion curriculum to the acclaimed DVD series. The workbook contains lesson plans, vocabulary, additional instruction, study questions, and writing assignments.

Constitutional literacy (knowing and understanding the Constitution of the United States of America) has four parts: what the document says (i.e. words and phrases), what the words and phrases meant to the men who wrote them, what the Supreme Court has ruled on various phrases, and lastly, how Supreme Court interpretations have differed from the original meaning. Michael Farris, a Constitutional scholar and lawyer with the Home School Legal Defense Association, designed a course to teach his own daughters the principles of American liberty that are found in the Constitution. That course evolved - revised and expanded through a class of interns for HSLDA, to an online course for homeschool students, and finally as a required course for all students at Patrick Henry College. Now in this form - DVD lectures plus study workbook - it is accessible and doable for all Christian students and families.

The general format is straight-forward and simple: read a workbook chapter, then watch the DVD lecture with the workbook open, pausing to answer questions. Completing one of the 25 episodes each week while also completing one or more of the assignments/projects found at the end of each chapter means the course can be done in an academic school year.

The Workbook lessons have a consistent format and are designed to provide both understanding of the lecture material as well as a resource for remembering and reviewing that material. Lessons include these sections. Purpose - bulleted points that provide an overview. Parlance - a section on vocabulary - the special legal terminology used by legislators, jurists, attorneys, and constitutional scholars. Preamble - introduction of the chapter topic with historical background or in the context of everyday life. Ponder - digging deeper into the specific issues covered in the lecture. Payoff - a summary of the issues and arguments covered in the chapter. Probe - explore how the concepts relate to contemporary issues. Also included in the workbook are profiles of important people, cases, or topics. The author's answers to all questions are available online at the publisher's website. The complete text of the U.S. Constitution and a glossary of terms are included as appendices. 350 pgs, spiral bound

The five-disc set of DVDs provide over eight hours of lecture instruction. Although lectures by Michael Farris are the heart of the DVD content, PowerPoint informational overlays are utilized as well as other multimedia content ensuring the videos are engaging.

This is obviously a valuable course for our students (and parents, as well). ~ Janice

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My daughter is using this tool with some other kids around her age to study the importance and meaning of the constitution. We are excited to get started!
Darci P on Sep 17, 2022
its what my son picked
Danielle m on Jun 28, 2022
My daughter is using this tool with some other kids around her age to study the importance and meaning of the constitution. We are excited to get started!
Darci P on Sep 17, 2022
This is a good way to learn about the constitution, why it was written and how it applies to our day
Kristen B on Aug 31, 2022
its what my son picked
Danielle m on Jun 28, 2022
Our entire family is loving the video series. I'm interested in seeing what the book has to offer.
Justin S on Mar 10, 2022
High quality resource. Thorough without being exhausting. Balanced without being indecisive in the views supported.
Isaac M on Feb 2, 2022
We thought it important to teach this foundation of American History in an in depth, well taught curriculum by a reliable, trustworthy christian teacher.
Joan R on Aug 19, 2021
Needed for co-op class
Heidi H on Jul 26, 2021
I have the DVD's and will use this a a highschool course.
Joelleen B on Jul 20, 2021
I already own the DVD set from my older kids - this will be a nice addition
Denise P on May 21, 2021
b ok b on Apr 22, 2021
We will begin a class using this next year. I love that Mr. Farris wrote this.
Leesa on Feb 16, 2021
I chose these items specifically because they were written by Michael Farris from HSLDA. I also liked the DVD option.
Janelle P on Jan 21, 2021
I've used it in the past; it worked well and I liked it.<br />First viewed the CDs before there was a Workbook & thought it was a great program.
Marykay O on Aug 18, 2020
I want my children to be educated in the importance of adhering to the constitution.
Sarah H on Aug 18, 2020
Excellent review of what our Constitution really says. Few Americans understand or study this anymore. Even our elected officials. It is necessary for us to be responsible citizens.
Amy G on Aug 17, 2020
Teaching a co-op class using this curriculum.
Jennifer P on Aug 6, 2020
Used this curriculum for my older daughter and loved it. Very informative and easy to follow. The videos are awesome.
anne b on Jul 27, 2020
This looks fabulous and I already own DVD's so this will provide a more comprehensive understanding.
Stephanie W on Jul 24, 2020
completing for part of American Gov't
Beth D on Jul 23, 2020
For School
Yuan H on Jul 22, 2020
Michael Farris is a respected expert in constitutional law and I look forward to learning more about the US Constitution from him along with my students.
Lorell D on Jul 14, 2020
We are doing this study with some homeschool friends. They always enjoy doing a class or 2 each year with their fellow homeschool friends.
Melissa H on Jul 7, 2020
We have the videos and we need to get through government this summer.
Kris P on Apr 15, 2020
Reputation of Michael Farris
Jamey D on Aug 29, 2019
It’s being used at our co-op.
Catherine M on Aug 12, 2019
Book needed for a homeschool co-op class. Great way to learn about US constitution from an authority on the subject..
Kevin And Jozina P on Jul 25, 2019
Required for class son is taking. Its also THE basis of our country which, sadly, most of us have forgotten.
co op
User on Jul 4, 2019
We are working through this in our Co Op this year.
Laura S on Jun 22, 2019
Came highly recommended!
Michael P on Jan 1, 2019
Michelle V on Aug 20, 2018
Need it for a class
Judy G on Aug 12, 2018
We own the DVDs and my 16 year old son really enjoyed it. I want to make it a complete curriculum.
Melinda S on Jul 15, 2018
I own the DVD set and wanted to make a full course for my high schoolers.
Julie F on Jun 22, 2018
Student interest
Mary S on Aug 25, 2017
Required book for homeschool co-op class.
Venus R on Aug 14, 2017
We're using it in our co-op. Love Michael Farris!
Rebecca H on Jun 30, 2017
Home School Class
Jon A on Jun 24, 2017
For a homeschool class.
Brian B on Feb 11, 2017
Recommended by a friend and it was the best price for the book.
Alicia S on Jan 26, 2017
To go with Heart of Dakota Curriculum, very well priced at Rainbow Resources.
Jerian P on Oct 11, 2016
to use with the DVD series for high school govt
CHARLES N on Sep 3, 2016
Recommended by Heart of Dakota
Brenda G on Aug 29, 2016
This book is chosen for our 2 High-Schoolers Government class offered through our Coop. Thank you for making it affordable and for the free shipping which helped decide which company to order through. ^_^
Kim B on Aug 17, 2016
Needed an extra workbook. Teaching this class with an 11th-12th grade co-op class. Well written, easy-to-understand study of the foundational document of the U.S.A.
Jenifer G on Aug 12, 2016
Using this curriculum for Homeschool group elective.
Valerie F on Jul 15, 2016
I have the DVD's, I wanted to make it a complete course.
Joni H on Jul 12, 2016
great price
Kimberly D on Jul 5, 2016
to study the constitution with the DVD
Marykay O on Jun 11, 2016
This is a good way to learn about the constitution, why it was written and how it applies to our day
Kristen B on Aug 31, 2022
Our entire family is loving the video series. I'm interested in seeing what the book has to offer.
Justin S on Mar 10, 2022
I'm seeing two different covers available online. Are there two editions? If so, will the workbook from one edition work with the DVDs from the other edition? Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 11, 2022
BEST ANSWER: The DVDs and the workbook have different covers, but they do go together.
Where can you find the DVDs for this course?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We carry the DVDs as a separate purchase:
Does this course count as a whole credit of history or just half?
Jenny A on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This course can count for what you want. One of the many advantages of homeschooling. Generally speaking though, this course in high schools usually count as a half credit and then the student take Economics for the second half.
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Interesting way to learn about the Constitution
We'll be using this in the fall, so we haven't actually started working in the workbook yet. But I've looked through it and am impressed. The workbook includes a wealth of information, clearly explained, easy to read and interesting. And the questions seem designed carefully to teach and reinforce. I think my students will enjoy learning about the Constitution this year.
June 19, 2019
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